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It had been inscribed by the ground crew who smuggled it on board with "Map Of A Heavenly Body"
The cheeky snap was velcroed on the inside door of a cupboard full of scientific instruments on the second ever NASA mission to put men on the moon. When mission commander Charles Conrad and lunar module pilot Alan Bean were down on the moon, command module pilot Richard Gordan opened the cupboard and found DeDe.
The NASA flight became known as "The Flight of the Playboy Bunnies". DeDe's pic is now set to sell for £10,000.
Playboy's DeDe was wearing a bow in her hair and wearing red knickers as she displayed her 34C orbs. The astronauts down on the moon were also surprised to find two Playboy centrefolds had been miniaturised and pasted into their spacesuit wrist cuff safety checklists. When Apollo 12 returned to earth after the ten-day mission, in which it orbited the moon 45 times and flew topless DeDe 475,000 miles, she signed the photograph for posterity.
Originally posted by anon72
I guess maybe I am the only one that didn't know about this story.
I thought for sure many hadn't.
I thought for sure many more would add their own addage and or memories of the event. It must have been something, back then.
Maybe I'm wrong... just getting old-fashioned.
The unofficial fourth crew ‘mate’ of Apollo 12 Description Vintage color calendar photo of Playboy Playmate Miss August 1967, DeDe Lind, which was stowed away in the Apollo 12 command module Yankee Clipper during its November 1969 voyage to the moon. Measuring approximately 4.5 x 6.5, the topless image is an original taken from one of the 1969 calendars published by Playboy and features the month and year of the Apollo 12 mission—November 1969. Prior to the mission, it was affixed to a cardboard cue card and, unbeknownst to the crew, secreted onboard their spacecraft. Normal wear as one would expect from an object that made the approximately 475,000 mile round-trip journey to the moon and back, this flown iconic piece of 1960s pop culture still retains its Velcro strips which were used to affix it inside the spacecraft. As provenance, signed in black felt tip on the reverse by the mission’s command module pilot, “Flown on Apollo XII. Richard Gordon, CMP.” Accompanying as provenance is a 2009 COA signed by Gordon that reads in part: “This is to certify that the accompanying 4.5” x 6.25” cue card…did, indeed, accompany me on my trip to the moon in the Command Module Yankee Clipper aboard the historic Apollo 12 lunar landing mission…This cue card, which flew with me to the moon, has been in my sole possession and part of my personal space collection since my return from the moon in 1969 aboard America’s second lunar landing mission, and it remains one of the all-time greatest Apollo era astronaut ‘Gotcha’s!’” Also accompanied by a color 8.5 x 11 photo signed with a somewhat racy yet firmly tongue-in-cheek inscription by Lind, referencing her image’s journey to the moon. The ‘flight of the Playboy bunnies’ has gone down in astronaut lore as one of the most iconic astronaut pranks. As fellow Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean explored the lunar surface—with small black-and-white photocopied Playboy images pasted into the wrist cuff checklists of their spacesuits—Gordon was left alone onboard the command module to circle the moon. It was there, in the silence and loneliness of lunar orbit, that he discovered his surprise stowaway crew ‘mate.’ This cue card was affixed via Velcro strips to the inside of one of his command module lockers. A uniquely risqué item from a successful risky space voyage—this flown artifact remains one of only two known original Playboy bunny color likenesses to have made it to the moon and back! Pre-certified Scott Cornish and RRAuction COA.
A uniquely risqué item from a successful risky space voyage—this flown artifact remains one of only two known original Playboy bunny color likenesses to have made it to the moon and back!
Originally posted by anon72
reply to post by watchZEITGEISTnow
I thought that might happen.
glad I got to see them.
I find it odd that none of our ATS Spaceperts chimed in on this. No memories or confirmations of the time this occurred.
Very surprised. Well, unless otherwise proven wrong, I am sticking with saying this event (the stashing of photos) did occur